Macro Monday: my first ladybugs

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

Taking photos of ladybugs in San Diego is a challenge. There aren’t that many of them because of the dry and hot climate and they’re not around for a long time. Even when I find some, they’re so busy looking for food that they don’t stop moving long enough for me to take a picture. Oh, and of course, they’re very small so I need a powerful macro to get a decent photo. That’s a lot of things getting in the way.

So I consider myself lucky for having been able to snap a few pictures of ladybugs a couple of weeks ago. My first ladybug was a little shy and moved too much so this is the best I could do. This ladybug was crawling on milkweed flowers.

Macro Monday: ladybug on milkweed flower
Macro Monday: ladybug on milkweed flower

I was luckier with the second ladybug I spotted and managed to get closer and capture a better angle.

Red ladybug on a milkweed flower
Red ladybug on a milkweed flower

Finally I managed to get a photo of a ladybug from above. It was actually crawling under a large leaf. I’m pretty happy with this one.

Close-up of a red ladybug
Close-up of a red ladybug

Did you notice what these three ladybugs have in common? They don’t have any spots. I have no idea why but I thought that was quite a coincidence.


14 thoughts on “Macro Monday: my first ladybugs

  1. Nice captures, I find bugs, butterflies, and bees very hard, I have to get just a couple of inches away with my lens. I think they are the shiniest ladybugs I’ve seen.

    • Thank you! I’m surprised at how shiny they are too. I’ve been pretty lucky with bees, since they take their time once they stop on a flower, but it’s true you have to get very close. Butterflies are a challenge because they move their wings a lot, even when sitting in one spot. Photography definitely requires a lot of patience and persistence.

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